1. WHO WOULDA THUNK?
Former Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey (above) "absolutely" did not agree with the school's decision to fire him. Funny -- every other college coach who has been fired this week thought the action was a great idea.
2. THE DOCTOR IS IN
Hooters restaurants are offering basketball fans a doctor's sick note for their employers to skip work & watch NCAA games today and Friday at their restaurants. The bosses might get suspicious, though, when they see a note signed by "Dr. J."
3. BLOGGED DOWN
The Redskins have stopped the Washington Post from using the team name on its blogs. The franchise's next step: forcing the newspaper to refer to it as "Washington's representative in the National Football League" in game stories.
4. BAYOU BUCKS
The State of Louisiana will have to pay the New Orleans Hornets $7 million because the team didn't hit certain revenue benchmarks. Best of luck to Gov. Bobby Jindal as he explains to some state workers why they had to be laid off this year.
5. TALKING THE TALK
Vancouver (B.C.) comic Torben Rolfsen, after security officials separated the Princeton and Harvard fan sections with empty seats at the Ivy League basketball championship playoff game: "What were they worried about, a protractor fight?"
-- Budd Bailey